African Plume Will Bring Four Heatwaves To The UK
Did you think the British summer was over? Well, you were wrong; the so-called African Plume is set to bring four 28C heatwaves our way before the end of summer - and the first one is next weekend.
Having had a bit of a cooler day than what we have had lately, the clouds will 'melt away', according to he Met Office, giving way to a week of warm weather leading up to a heatwave next week.
The temperatures have risen up to the early 30s in some places over the last week, but today saw temperatures dip to less than 20C in most cases.
Outdoor plans this evening?- Met Office (@metoffice) July 7, 2019
Cloud will gradually melt away in many places to leave a largely dry and bright end to the day :city_sunset: pic.twitter.com/K8OtZRQPLM
Today temperatures only reached as high as 20C in Southampton, Exeter and Cardiff.
But the Weather Channel has forecast an explosion of heatwaves before the end of the summer.
Head of meteorological operations on the Weather Channel, Leon Brown told the Daily Express, "After unprecedented June heat across Europe, four more periods people would call heatwaves are forecast in the UK this summer.
"Each period would see maximum temperatures reach at least 28C, 5C above London's 23C average summer maximum temperature."
He said that they will come in waves, with the next one expected in mid July.
He explained: "These spells are forecast to occur like waves every two weeks or so, with the next hot spell in mid-July, then in early August, late August and early September.
"Plumes of heat are forecast from Africa, bringing thunderstorms, with cooler Atlantic periods and some rain in between.
"Maximum temperatures this summer from late July into early August have a good chance of reaching the mid-30s, with 35C certainly possible, due to the influence of heat from Africa."
The news comes after the WHO put out warnings for most of Western Europe, as temperatures hit highs of 45C in some places, making it the hottest year since 2003 when 15,000 people died in France after temperatures in the south of the country peaked at 44.1 C.
And while heatwaves are not uncommon, it's rare for the continent to witness such extremes. The news has led some to blame climate change.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Stefan Rahmstorf, a climatologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said: "This increase in heat extremes is just as predicted by climate science as a consequence of global warming caused by the increasing greenhouse gases from burning coal, oil, and gas."
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